Corporal's guard


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a detachment such as would be in charge of a corporal for guard duty, etc.; hence, derisively, a very small number of persons.

See also: Corporal

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Poorly planted, by politics, illy attended, by politics, decimated and many times repeatedly decimated by the hostile forces of their environment, a straggling corporal's guard of survivors, they thrust their branches, twisted and distorted, as if writhing in agony, into the air.
Senior Army leaders will threaten to commit seppuku in protest at being reduced to a corporal's guard. Unfortunately, the U.S.